Unlike purpose-built electric cars like the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3, the VW e-Golf is based on a normal car that would be powered by a regular internal combustion engine. The electric motor and electronic control unit sits where the petrol or diesel engine would be, while the fuel tank is replaced by a battery pack.
That electric motor is capable of producing a respectable 113bhp, giving performance that is more than adequate for the type of town driving these cars are used for. Indeed, due to the nature of the electric motors, you may be surprised at how brisk it feels accelerating from a standstill.
You can charge it through a normal household three-pin plug, which takes 13 hours for a full charge. Alternatively, you can use a home charger, which takes only eight hours; these are becoming steadily more common in public spaces such as service stations. If you have access to the latest quick chargers you can get up to 80% battery capacity in just 35 minutes.
Unlike many rivals, there’s no need to pay extra monthly costs to lease the battery, although this is reflected in the e-Golf's comparatively high list price.